'I WILL OUTLIVE YOU', 2017, HD video, video still
Claudia Martínez Garay
Born Ayacucho (PE), 1983
Claudia Martínez Garay's work questions how a cultural artifact is created, preserved, transformed and circulated, and how the process of colonialism affects it. She explores how art can underline implications of cultural appropriation and contribute to creating narratives that challenge and complicate the discourse of domination and cultural hegemony. The artist uses artifacts and their attributed narratives to investigate their origins and transformations.
After encountering a ceramic vase which represents a Moche prisoner just before he is about to be sacrificed - over 1200 years old - at the Ethnological Museum of Berlin, the artist started speculating on the history of the artifact and the person that it depicts. The Moches believed in the afterlife, and the video I WILL OUTLIVE YOU is an exploration into the character of the prisoner through his diverse transmutations, moving back and forth over the timeline, from his state of mind prior to his death to the symbolic incarceration in a museum display, and his transfiguration into a digital being.